Spin (8/92, p.84) - Highly Recommended - "...the music more than lives up to the hype...an exhilarating shock...delicate, raucous, startling, hypnotic...this is the album GRACELAND should have been..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/5/92, p.58) - "...a miraculous album...one of the richest listening experiences of any genre in any year..." - Rating: A+
Q (9/92, p.76) - 3 Stars - Good - "...magnificent...A near-perfect summation of Malagasy musical riches invested with crystalline sounds of dazzling beauty..."
Option (Sept.-Oct./92, p.110) - "...Effervescence and lyricism unite these clean, mostly acoustic tracks...The best of these 18 tracks reveal the stunning, melancholy tunefulness of Malagasy music..."
Reflex (11/10/92, p.71) - "...a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am musical safari..."
For this CD, Henry Kaiser and David Lindley gathered Madagascar's top musicians for an extensive recording/jam session. This is the first of 5 planned releases. Includes a 32-page booklet providing background information and session photos.
Personnel: David Lindley (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki, cittern, mandolin, fiddle); Henry Kaiser (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer); Ernest Randrianasolo (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Rossy (vocals, guitar, accordion, hand claps); Serge Ramasimanana, Dama Mahaleo, Colbert Ranaivoanison (vocals, guitar); Samoela Sa Andriammalalahanjaona (vocals, vihuela); Justin Rakotomavo (vocals, accordion); Laurent Razafindraibe (vocals, drums, hand claps, percussion); Norbert Marie Rakototafika, Marie-Josephine Rasoarimalala, Jean-Roch Rakotomalala-Andriansolo (vocals, hand claps); Soloandry Razafindraibe, Madame Germaine, Gerad Ranarison, Gabriel Rakotomavo, Solomon Ratianarinaivo, Eric Ranarison, Panayotis Dourantonis, Josefa Andriamanirisoa, Tarika Ramilison (vocals, percussion); Meme Raholiarisoa, Perline Razafiarisoa, Zeze Ramiliarison, Fafa, Honorine Razafiarisoa, Rabenatoandro, Claudia Ramasimanana, Mama Sana, Rakotofrah, Roger Georges (vocals); Paul Ratananahavo (guitar, bass guitar); Bruno Randrianasivelo, Germain Rakotomavo (guitar); Gilbert Rakotoarivelo, Joachim Rafalison (trumpet); Herilalao Clement Andrianasolo (keyboards, hand claps); Luc-Henri Barege (bass guitar, hand claps); Liva, Paul Randrianasolo, Rahany Nasiramandresy, Florent Rakotondrasoa, Victor Rakotonatoandro, Hanitra Jotoa (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Henry Kaiser; Bernhard Ramroth.
Recording information: Madagascar.
Photographer: Frans Lanting.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jean Baptiste Ranaivoarisoa; Dieudonne Randriamananantena; Dama Mahaleo; Augustin Ramiandrisoa; Horelder Razafiazimanana; Roland Itaniky; Ratovonirina Ranaivovololona; Colbert Ranaivoanison; Solomon Ratianarinaivo; Samoela Sa Andriammalalahanjaona; Justin Rakotomavo; Mama Sana; Rakotofrah; Sylvestre Randafison.
Musical explorers Henry Kaiser and David Lindley made a trip to the island nation of Madagascar in the early nineties. Collaborating with numerous stellar musicians there, it led to a series of joint releases, as well as some additional solo albums (a total of five CDs from two weeks of recording). A successful trip indeed! A WORLD OUT OF TIME helped introduce fans of Kaiser and Lindley to the music of this country. Playing accompanying roles, the two Americans are unmistakable when they solo, but for the most part, the spotlight is on the assorted masters they came to meet and record. The set encompasses everything from the native sodona (a Malagasy flute), to bracingly original electric guitarists. Some of the performers were already popular recordings artists in their homeland, others were making their recording debuts (most notable among the latter is guitarist D'Gary). This is wonderfully warm and engaging music, full of invention and passion.